Mufti Mohammad Sayeed passes away, Mehbooba to be first woman CM of Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed

Srinagar, Jan 7: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed was laid to rest at his ancestral place at Bijbehara town in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Thursday evening.

The 79-year-old leader was admitted at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi for the past 15 days and was on ventilator, he breathed his last on Thursday morning.

Hours after his death, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders called upon Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra to hand over a letter of support to party chief Mehbooba Mufti, paving way for her becoming the first woman Chief Minister of the State.

Meanwhile, BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh said Mahbooba Mufti deserves to be the CM, and his party (BJP) should not be having any problem with her coronation.

Union Home Ministers Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh, former J&K chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior political leaders across party lines and officers of the state government attended the last rites of the departed leader.

The Union Cabinet, under chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, passed a resolution on Thursday expressing profound sorrow on the demise of Chief Minister Mufti Sayeed.

It said the nation has lost an eminent and distinguished leader, a true nationalist and a stalwart from Jammu and Kashmir. The Cabinet has extended its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.

The Jammu and Kashmir government announced a holiday on Thursday and a seven-day mourning as a mark of respect to the departed Chief Minister.

An official order in this regard said that the flags atop buildings of constitutional authorities and state government establishments will fly at half-mast during the mourning period.

The national flag will fly at half mast on Thursday in the capitals of all states and Union Territories as a mark of respect to Sayeed.

(With Agency Inputs)


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